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The God of Christian Zionism


Been trying to tackle my mail this afternoon and came upon the link to an article by Stan Goodenough at Jerusalem Watchman:

And I quote,

To correctly approach, understand and respond to End of Days Biblical prophecy we should view it through an Israel-centric lens.

All prophecies pertaining to the end of the age should be seen in the context of God’s focus on this nation (*Israel) and their land. This is not my opinion, it is the Lord’s point of view. The whole Bible supports this. The Book of books is all about God’s plan to redeem His fallen creation. Central to that plan, as far as the bulk of Scripture is concerned – whether in terms of overall volume, emphasis, focus or thematic consistency from start to finish – is the land of Israel as the geographical stage on which God works out His plan, and the nation of Israel as the channel through which He brings it to pass.

I’m going to be frank with you folks–at first I honestly thought this was a joke, …you know, satire. But sadly the realization came to me: this is not satire this guy really believes this.

He, and many other like-minded Christians truly believe in and follow an “Israelocentric” god.  When they read God’s Word, instead of seeing God’s plan for Man’s redemption through His Son Jesus Christ on every page they ‘see’ Israel. They see, as he further writes,

Israel…at the very center of the earth and of His redemption plan

This is heresy: They follow the false god of Christian Zionism.

From Weeping Jeremiah’s blogspot:

2014.01.05 Christian Zionism (30%)

“I am he who sent Israel
to be the way by which
the nations will be judged:

Whoever loves Israel loves me,
but whoever does not love Israel
does not love me and will be judged.

I am he who gives Israel
to be the salvation
for the world.”

—the God of Christian Zionism

Excerpt from The Bible’s Christocentric Structure

As Christians, we read, interpret and apply the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ. Below you will read an excellent statement made by Norman Geisler about how all the various genres of Scripture, i.e. the types of literature, address Jesus Christ.

In the law we find the foundation for Christ. In History we find the preparation for Christ. In Poetry we find the aspiration for Christ. In the Prophets we find the expectation of Christ. In the Gospels we find the manifestation of Christ. In Acts we find the propagation of Christ. In the Epistles we find the interpretation of Christ. In Revelation we find the consummation in Christ. –  Norman Geisler, To Understand the Bible, Look for Jesus (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968), 83.

As Paul wrote, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). Reading, interpreting and applying the Word through Jesus Christ is a unique means by and through which Christians bring glory to God the Father. As you read Scripture in a Christocentric manner, we join in saying, “Amen to God for his glory!”

17 comments on “The God of Christian Zionism

  1. “… is the land of Israel as the geographical stage on which God works out His plan, and the nation of Israel as the channel through which He brings it to pass.”

    Yes that’s true! Yes the land of Israel was God’s intended plan to fulfill the prophecy that from the loins of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel the Messiah would come. Yes He came! Yes Israel is in the news these days!

    Now that that “plan” has been accomplished the real plan is gaining momentum all over the world because of that unique plan that was accomplished.

    Did you know Caleb wasn’t Jewish? There’s something to think about! Did you know Ruth was a Moabitess? Did you know the Gospel of the Kingdom is for all the nations of the world?

    The notion that there is something left for national Jews to accomplish besides seeing those Elect of God who are living in present day Israel hearing the Gospel and then repenting and being born again is just not Biblical!

    The next great event of Biblical proportions in the world like the flood or building King David’s Temple or the utter destruction of the nation of Israel in 70 AD is Christ returning to gather His Elect from out of the world and then destroying everyone else including the present created heavens and earth.

    Is there something else? One way or another two groups exist today in the world. One of those groups are these people of these two groups (the saved and the unsaved):

    Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
    28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

    If the saved are eagerly waiting His return I guess the other group are the ones who are the unsaved:

    Isaiah 10:15 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!
    16 Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors, and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.
    17 The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day.

    I guess if one day is as a thousand years then that one chapter in Revelation (chapter twenty) could just mean the same as Isaiah 10:17?

    It does say He will do this:

    Matthew 3:10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
    11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
    12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

    • The notion that there is something left for national Jews to accomplish besides seeing those Elect of God who are living in present day Israel hearing the Gospel and then repenting and being born again is just not Biblical!

      The next great event of Biblical proportions in the world, like the flood or building King David’s Temple or the utter destruction of the nation of Israel in 70 AD, is Christ returning to gather His Elect from out of the world and then destroying everyone else including the present created heavens and earth.

      Amen Michael.

  2. I just want to drill down a bit farther into these Words:

    Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
    28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

    Dispensationalists in conjunction with Zionists want you to use your natural reasoning to focus on a literal third temple where people bring animal sacrifices again for a period of earth time, a thousand years, whereby their sins are atoned for! They say because Revelation 20 reads that way, and it does when you read that chapter literally not apocalyptically, The Lord will descend from “eternity” where He sits now ruling and reigning and sit for a thousand years on a newly built earthly throne like King David did and rule and reign on earth “to deal with human sin” all over again!

    How can this be? Just reread Hebrews 9:28 again and see the Scripture says something entirely different. Let me quote that portion and emphasize what is in variance with their notion of this thousand year reign where animal sacrifices are made to deal with sins according to Law established through Moses. (What? Are you saying Christ’s sacrifice is not good enough for God anymore? That’s blasphemous!)

    Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
    28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, NOT TO DEAL WITH SIN BUT SAVE those who are eagerly waiting for him.

    Hebrews already established that Christ’s once for ALL death, burial and resurrection was sufficient enough to change the Law:

    Hebrews 7:11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?
    12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well.

    18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness
    19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
    20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath,
    21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.'”
    22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.
    23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office,
    24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.
    25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
    26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
    27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
    28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

    So, this notion of a third temple where the sacrificial Laws of Moses are reinstituted, though a novelty, is a human innovation and not supported by Scripture! Christ has changed the Law by being the ONCE FOR ALL blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of the sins of His people:

    Hebrews 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)
    12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.
    13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,
    14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

    This innovation of a third temple means more killing and deaths. That too is refuted by Scripture because Scripture teaches us when Christ returns He will have by then destroyed the last enemy, death:

    1 Corinthians 15:21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
    22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
    23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
    24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
    25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
    26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

  3. What is the obsession with when Jesus will return? In the Great Disappointment of 1844 at least people sold everything which proved they believed it. But today it is discussion fodder. It changes nothing. Even if the nation of Israel was one of the signs, that in no way suggests the church should give her allegiance to Israel.

  4. As is the case when this topic frequently appears, the reader is entitled to ask which Israel is in view, which Jerusalem is in view, which decendents of Abraham are view and which temple is in viewThere are two of each of the aforementioned entities present in scripture, and in each case , one was a shadow, and the other is the substance.Surely, the one eyed proponents of this zionist doctrine should be able to discern this for themselves, but above this , is the overarching theme that Gods plan of salvation for mankind , of all nationalities, was for the higher purpose of his Glory.
    Ray

    • Surely, the one eyed proponents of this zionist doctrine should be able to discern this for themselves, but above this , is the overarching theme that Gods plan of salvation for mankind , of all nationalities, was for the higher purpose of his Glory.

      Amen.

      I wanted to post this story below after coming upon it this evening. Its from back in January. To me, it shows the complete ignorance (or deception) that surrounds Christian Zionism beliefs. Which by the way, i now consider a form of theology….even though it is unbiblical. I believe we need to start seeing it as such–a ‘twisted’ theology.

      Anyway, this concerns Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert

      quote,

      Rep. Louie Gohmert: I’m no prophet but Netanyahu could be the next King David

      By Eric W. Dolan
      Monday, January 20, 2014

      Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said Sunday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be remembered as a historic leader, on par with King Solomon and other biblical rulers.

      “I told [Netanyahu], and some people think this is crazy and meddling — apparently from the reaction some of y’all actually know who I am — but I told the prime minister, I said, ‘I mentioned this to you in 2009′ — we met a couple of times since then, but anyway — ‘I mentioned this to you in 2009 and I want to reiterate it, I think, I’m not a prophet, I know the Old Testament, I know history, I think you’ve got a chance to be one of Israel’s great leaders,’” he said at the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach.

      “And Michele [Bachmann] said, ‘He is one of Israel’s great leaders!’”

      “I said, ‘I am talking about all time. The big ones. Going back to David, to Solomon, up through Josiah, Hezekiah until the end, on up through Ben Gurion,’” Gohmert continued. “All of the greatest leaders of Israel had one thing in common: They called upon the nation of Israel to honor the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that has not happened in many decades.”

      The Republican representative said the United States was pushing Israel “into a corner,” referring to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks being mediated by Secretary of State John Kerry. He warned Israel was going to see “a couple of crises this year.”

      Gohmert said Netanyahu should deal with the crises by calling for nationwide prayers.

      “And I know you’ve got secularists, and I called off a couple, that you have to deal with here and tell them this is not for you, it is only for people who believe, but I’m declaring a national day of prayer and fasting in this crisis for God’s direction and protection, and for all of those who believe,” he explained. “And I said, I promise you God will answer that prayer, the secularists will hear, the world will see, and even people in the United States will see, and Israel will be blessed because of you doing that.”

      Source

      Louie Gohmert, an avowed Fundamentalist and Christian Zionist, claims Netanyahu can be one of the “great leaders of Israel”, comparing him to:

      “David, Solomon, up through Josiah, Hezekiah until the end, on up through Ben Gurion,’”

      And how would this be accomplished? Not by the man recognizing Jesus as THE CHRIST, but by standing strong against a two-state solution.

      He even goes on to tell him to call for a national day of prayer and fasting, and GUARANTEES (him),

      “I promise you God will answer that prayer”

      He knows Netanyahu is not a Christian (and neither was the late Zionist leader, Ben Gurion, who he also mentions), but in his Christian Zionist theology, he believes that doesn’t matter–that God will still answer any prayer Netanyahu would offer up–why, Gohmert GUARANTEES it!

      Is he concerned with Netanyahu’s soul, that without Christ he is lost, or that Ben Gurion died lost? No…not in the least. Because Louie’s theology has convinced him that Jews do not need to accept Jesus as their Messiah; That they are saved “just by being Jews”. All old Louie is concerned about is Bebe being a ‘great leader’ in Israel, in the manner of an old testament king and leader, and not giving up one inch of land.

      Can anyone else see the heresy here…or am i by myself?

    • Mondoray, your statement about the shadow and substance, with regard to Israel, Jerusalem, and Abraham’s descendants, is very well said. It’s also an important consideration to make when studying Scripture, but missed by so many. Galatians 4:21-31 and Hebrews 12:18-29 show that same contrast very vividly (and I believe it can be seen in Zechariah 12-14 as well).

      God’s singular plan of salvation really is veiled and distorted by the teachings of Christian Zionism.

    • God’s singular plan of salvation really is veiled and distorted by the teachings of Christian Zionism.

      It sure is Adam.

    • PJ, you’re not alone. I see the heresy too. John Hagee isn’t the only one promoting dual covenant theology or carrying on as if all Jews are walking in God’s light.

    • No, Hagee is not alone. There is a definite “push” happening right now, in order to promote Christian Zionism. My hope is this push is being done out of fear, the fear many CZ organizations “might” be experiencing at seeing the number of evangelicals who are waking up to unbiblical teachings it promotes. Least i can pray this is why the sudden increase in articles, commentaries, etc which are pushing the CZ agenda.

      Just read one over at Charisma’s “Standing With Israel” section.

      Do Funders Like George Soros Pose a Threat to Evangelical Christian Support for Israel? – Mainline support for anti-Zionism is growing among Protestants. What is the reason for it?

      At the same website (Charisma) they’ve also stepped up attacks on those who oppose Christian Zionism. One article recently attacked Stephen Sizer (it was posted under two different venues at Charisma). Course, i briefly jumped into the fray, ahaha..But you might want to check it out (clearly a smear job which attempted to suggest something not true) and the comments under it.

      Muslim Journalist Compares Holy Land to Nazi Germany

      Interestingly, that was not “exactly” the original title. When it was first posted the title “appeared” to be suggesting that Sizer had said it. After being called out the author changed the title and the writing under the photo of Hitler, plus, he edited a few other remarks he had originally made. This article has been quite the hot topic over at facebook the last few days.

    • Thanks for those links. I thought you left an excellent reply to that article about George Soros and the Evangelical support for Israel. It sure was striking that the author spoke of a movement centering on “peace, justice, and reconciliation” as a bad thing.

      The article attacking Stephen Sizer was pretty ugly, and full of nonsense, but it’s good to see how several of the readers responded to it. I wonder how much the moderators pay attention to the comments left in the Standing With Israel section of Charisma Magazine. There must be days when they want to block and censor the non-Zionist crowd for exposing the less-than-Biblical teachings there.

      I went over to Stephen Sizer’s Facebook page and saw the snapshots he posted showing how that article had been changed. Even now the URL still shows the original false claim made by the author against Stephen: “…israel-critic-compares-holy-land-to-nazi-germany.”

      Perhaps the Muslim journalist’s question wasn’t really that far off base. The region known as Palestine was 94% Arab in 1922 (or even later). If, before that time, Theodore Herzl called for a Jewish state to be created in that region, how much different was his aim from the goal of Nazi Germany – i.e. to have “a country just for one race”? What is “a Jewish state”? What would happen if a US leader called for America to be “a Caucasian state”?

      Ron Cantor expressed so much shock and outrage at the Muslim journalist’s question, but one only has to do a simple Google search to find a pattern of incredibly racist statements made by Israel’s Prime Ministers and other leaders over the years. I won’t reproduce any of them here, but they’re really bad.

    • It sure was striking that the author spoke of a movement centering on “peace, justice, and reconciliation” as a bad thing.

      Wasn’t it though!?! I thought that was so bizarre. Why would any Christian think these were bad things to pursue?

      The article attacking Stephen Sizer was pretty ugly, and full of nonsense, but it’s good to see how several of the readers responded to it. I wonder how much the moderators pay attention to the comments left in the Standing With Israel section of Charisma Magazine. There must be days when they want to block and censor the non-Zionist crowd for exposing the less-than-Biblical teachings there.

      I’m sure they’d love to. Frankly i look to get banned one day.🙂

      Perhaps the Muslim journalist’s question wasn’t really that far off base. The region known as Palestine was 94% Arab in 1922 (or even later). If, before that time, Theodore Herzl called for a Jewish state to be created in that region, how much different was his aim from the goal of Nazi Germany – i.e. to have “a country just for one race”? What is “a Jewish state”? What would happen if a US leader called for America to be “a Caucasian state”?

      Don’t think it would go over here in the US very well, though we’ve had a few who have hinted at exactly that, since 08.

      I don’t believe the article was intended to be about what the Muslim journalist asked, as much as it was an opportunity to smear Stephen Sizer. He’s a thorn in the side of Christian zionist groups because he’s pointed out how unbiblical their theology is for years. Instead of refuting what he points out with God’s word, people like the author try to insinuate Sizer “hates” Israel, is anti-semitic, and goes so far as to attach a photo of Nazis to an article expressing “outrage” that he, Sizer, didn’t stand up and walk away from an interview, conducted by a non-believer, by the way.

  5. PJ, you asked this question: “Why would any Christian think these [peace, reconciliation, and justice] were bad things to pursue?”

    That’s a very good question. In my own experience, I’ve had numerous conversations with Christian Zionists in which I’ve said that Jesus called His followers to be peacemakers, that the Israel/Palestinian conflict is no exception to this call, and that the body of Christ ought to be holding hands with those who are working for peace and reconcilation in that part of the world. Several times I’ve received the following response, or something like it:

    “There will be no peace in the Middle East [or in Israel] until Jesus comes back and destroys all of Israel’s enemies.”

    A few have also tried to make the case that the Bible says (or implies) that the situation in Israel, and the way the world treats Israel, must get worse and worse “as the end draws near.” The implication is that if things improve, if peace increases, etc. then “the end” no longer appears to be as near as it once did, and this would be disappointing.

    Another argument, which I know you’re very familiar with, is that Daniel 9 (the 70 Weeks prophecy) foretells an Antichrist figure establishing a peace agreement with Israel, which he will fully intend to break and will break 3.5 years later. Therefore, anyone who promotes peace with regard to Jews and Palestinians must be lining things up for “the Antichrist.”

    Thrown in with these things is the misguided notion that the Bible promises the land of Israel (even beyond its present borders) to the Jews, and the Jews only, forever and without condition. This notion is an obvious recipe for injustice to be perpetuated among non-Jews who live in the path of such a movement.

    These are just some of the ingredients I’ve observed in the messy melting pot of ideas that prevent some Christians from desiring peace, reconciliation, and justice to be applied to the situation in Israel and to relations between Jews and Arabs.

    • The answers you’ve received are the same ones i have gotten too.

      I’ve come to the conclusion it’s theology; if one’s theology is skewed to begin with, which i believe dispensationalism/Christian Zionism is, then everything else is skewed as well. In this case, the manner in which you view the Israel/Palestinian issue.

      Last evening i came upon an article at The Times of Israel, written by Olivier Jack Melnick. It was titled: The dangerously changing demographics of the new anti-Semitism!

      Notice what he writes here (this is just a small portion of the article),

      Of course the picture wouldn’t be complete without the involvement of the Christian Church. Here is another global community that has much baggage when it comes to Judeo-Christian relations over the last 2000 years. You would think that a church community that hasn’t done a whole lot to protect the Jews of Europe would tread very lightly when it comes to modern day Jews and Israel. As I spend a tremendous amount of time in speaking in churches across America and some in France as well, I am saddened by the shift from Christian Zionism to Christian Palestinianism. I still continue to meet people who love Israel and the Jews but they are no longer the majority within the Christian church as the recent “Christ at the Checkpoint” third biannual conference testifies.

      As i pointed out in my response, Christian Zionism and Christian Palestinianism are both wrong. We as the church should not be taking sides, but praying for peace between the two fractions…for reconciliation! I also pointed out that the fact of the author not realizing this, not seeing that neither one is the right biblical response, says a lot about him. He claims to be a Messianic (Jewish) believer….a follower of Christ. Well then, he should know what Jesus taught about loving our enemies. But no, his theology blinds him Adam.

      Also notice how he travels around to different churches, speaking, in America. What do you think he’s doing…he’s speaking to churches about their (according to his theology) “biblical requirement to always support Israel”. In other words, he’s a Christian Zionist propaganda machine for Israel. A couple times i’ve come across an article concerning a Palestinian Christian and/or church leader speaking at a church in the west–every time i have the comments posted under the article are disgusting.The article is mocked, as is the speaker in question, by Christians.

  6. Ron Cantor isn’t the only one using misleading headlines and smearing Sizer and others. Yesterday I came across an article at JNS.org titled, “U.S., U.K., Netherlands fund anti-Israel ‘Christ at the Checkpoint’ conference.”

    Source: http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2014/3/6/ngo-monitor-us-uk-netherlands-fund-anti-israel-christ-at-the-checkpoint-conference#.UyHa__ldWSr

    However, when it came down to it, that article simply claimed that the Holy Land Trust (led by Sami Awad, one of the participants of this year’s CATC) received a certain level of funding from 2006-2012 from the US and UK governments. It’s not clear at all that this had anything to do with the funding used to put together any of the CATC conferences, let alone this 2014 conference (two years removed from the last time Sami Awad allegedly received any government funding for his own organization). On the Dutch government’s part, they are simply accused of giving grants and subsidies to two Dutch charities which “have ties with the Holy Land Trust.” It’s beyond stretching the truth to say that the Netherlands helped fund the CATC conference.

    • Thanks for the link Adam! Over the last few days i’ve come across quite a few articles (mostly negative as they were on Israeli websites) about the conference. It seems to have caused a stir. Perhaps this is a good thing! For even the negative articles appear to be generating debate among Christians in the comment sections. Though some is on the nasty side some of the debate has been civil, and perhaps (?) God can use this to open eyes. I hope so…

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